Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Park Forest Police Officer Tim Jones visited his fellow officers at the police station Wednesday. The man marches still, with determination, toward recovery. The department shared a photograph from Officer Jones’ visit on its Facebook page.
“If there is a question we get most often, it’s, ‘How is Officer Jones doing?'” the post said. “He stopped by the police department yesterday, and we can tell you that he’s doing great.”
“Thanks for the continued support!” police added.
Officer Tim Jones was shot on March 19, 2016. According to police, he was ” investigating a stolen motor vehicle complaint when fellow officers, on a separate call of a possible break into a vacant home, discovered the reported stolen vehicle at that vacant house. Officer Jones responded, and when it was discovered that a suspect was inside of the vacant house, Officer Jones was among those who worked to take the suspect into custody. The first to contact the suspect, Officer Jones was shot in the head and critically injured, the most significant incident to occur in the nearly 70-year history of the Park Forest Police Department.”
Officer Jones left the rehabilitation hospital on May 26, 2017.
In November 2017, police began raising funds for the Officer Timothy Jones Scholarship. The unaugural recipient of the scholarship was a 2018 graduate of Rich East High School, Omar Smith Jr. Police presented Mr. Smith the $1,500 award for his future education at the Village Board meeting on Monday, May 21 of this year.
Officer Jones has met all challenges before him so far in his recovery. A video below from WGN9 details some of his remarkable success.
eNews Park Forest wishes Officer Tim Jones continued recovery and success.